I have done a lot of volunteer work in my time but never with such a passionate and dedicated group. These animals are loved so much and it’s evident everyday.
I love working with this organization. What started as an opportunity to earn volunteer hours for my son's religious Ed class has become our ritual weekly bonding time. Now his friends what to come and join us. What better way to teach teens about giving back to the world? To watch big strong boys melt over kittens, or cry because someone has abandoned a mother dog and her new pups, these are lessons you can't teach in school.
In 2018 my husband was deployed and my then 16 year old struggled. He got into some legal trouble. In 2019 he was given the option of community service and he chose the Leavenworth County Humane Society. We started in June of 2019 going twice a week for scheduled shifts and coming in to fill in gaps.
After a couple weeks I started seeing major changes in my son. His confidence was coming back and he was happy again. He was so proud to be helping the animals. I feel this is due to the staff and volunteers cheering him on. They have all been positive role models in his life. He has done a complete 360 and I attribute it to the shelter giving him the opportunity to volunteer.
My entire family now volunteers. It is the most screen free time we have been in years. We sometimes joke the shelter animals have it better than our own. The animals are so loved. The care taken for each and every one of them is phenomenal.
Within the first two months of volunteering I was offered a kennel care position and am now an employee. I had to resign from my position with the Department of Corrections when my son started having trouble. Crystal, the shelters executive director, offering me this has been such a blessing. I was so burnt out working in mental health, but longed for a paying career option. While I am only part time, I am always proud to say I work for LCHS. I try to sneak it into all conversations I have with strangers.
This may be the longest winded review in histroy.....it is so hard to sum up how much of a positive impact LCHS has had on us.
The Leavenworth Country Humane Society (LCHS, Inc.) is one of the greatest and most well-organized organizations my family and I have known. The organization’s mission of being the only no-kill shelter in Leavenworth County is very inspiring. The LCHS, Inc. has established strong relationships within the community to include a close professional relationship with the local vet clinic, the Lansing Veterinary Hospital to keep the pets healthy. The organization has also teamed up with the Dog Training Program at the local state prison to help the pets improve their behavior and get them ready to be part of a forever family. The positive impact of the LCHS, Inc. in the community is so large, and the community has responded so well, that the prisoners volunteered to build a cat-tio for the cats to safely enjoy the outdoors, and a local roofing company built and donated the roof for the outdoor dog kennels.
The LCHS, Inc. also has high standards of kennel maintenance as the kennels are cleaned three times a day. Dogs are kept healthy as they are exercised/ walked six times a day. The organization has also developed a social media outreach to recognize adopters, promote adoptable pets, and disseminate fundraisers, and educate the community. The LCHS NEWS, a digital biweekly report created by one of the volunteer families assists the organization with their social media efforts. The LCHS, Inc. also recognizes their volunteers and reinforces the importance of training new volunteers to love and care for the pets.
My family and I adopted our loving dog Elsa three years ago from the LCHS, Inc. and decided to join the volunteer team. We will always be grateful that the organization sponsored three professional dog training sessions to help Elsa gain confidence.
The LCHS, Inc. sets a positive work example in our community. The organization leaders, volunteers, and community are the epitome of esprit de corps.
LCHS saved our beloved Batman after he was injured out in the 'county' - he had a broken leg and the kind Sheriff didn't want to have to shoot him - he was just too cute. LCHS swiftly got him the medical care he needed and he has been the best dog for our family. We've enjoyed him for 10 years now, and he is still a spitball, a character, and a fun dog; we love him so very much!
The awesome volunteers at LCHS do a wonderful job keeping their animals cared for, safe, and loved - we are so proud to be involved with this organization.
We are very impressed with Leavenworth County Humane Society! We just gained a our newest fur baby from this great non-profit! She has already wound herself around our hearts and we never would have found her without LVHS!